Dov Landau was born in Brzesko, Poland, in 1928. He was the oldest of four brothers. When war broke out in 1939, Dov was 11 years old, Nissan was 10, Yosef was eight and Naftali, the youngest, was four. He lost his entire family. He and his father managed to stay together for part of his time in the Slave Labor Camp. Dov and his father were deported to Auschwitz from a work camp called Szebnie. Mengele sent them to the right. Numbers were tattooed on their arms. Dov’s number is 161400. When his father could no longer continue the painstaking work the two separated. He continually finds strength in the Priestly blessing his father gave him before they separated, “Yevarechecha Hashem Ve’eshmerecha.” He told his son that he would survive and to asked him remain a committed Jew. Dov moved through five labor camps and death marches and was liberated by the American Army in Buchenwald. He encouraged his fellow child prisoners to continue to live and helped unite two brothers named Tulek and Lolek, the latter of whom would become the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Lau. Dov Landau moved to Israel after the Holocaust and fought for the countries existence. He has spoken to thousands of people throughout the world, leading missions to Poland and speaking at conferences and gatherings. He remains in contact with many he has met, some even visiting him at his home in Tel Aviv. Dov and his wife Shoshana, may her memory be a blessing, built a beautiful family together in Israel, a family that maintains a strong commitment to Judaism and to preserving memory.
What does Auschwitz mean to you?
My message for future generations is…
Who will be accompanying you on this journey?